Fox has handed out the first pilot order of the season today for a TV series based on Steven Spielberg's 2002 sci-fi feature Minority Report. We first reported on the project back in September, when Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment hired Godzilla screenwriter Max Borenstein to write the pilot script. Kevin Falls has signed on to serve as the showrunner and executive produce alongside Steven Spielberg, Max Borenstein and Amblin TV's Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.
The original film Minority Report centered on the Precrime unit in Washington D.C., where three "precogs" can see crimes before they are committed. Tom Cruise starred as John Anderton, who leads the Precrime unit before one of the precogs sees him committing a murder, as Anderton goes on the lam to clear his name. The series will be set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C., where one of the Precogs struggles to lead a normal life. He continues to have haunting visions of the future, when he meets a detective haunted by her past who may help the precog find a purpose for his abilities.
The project marks the first pilot order for Paramount Television, with 20th Century Fox Television also producing the series. Paramount TV is also producing another movie-to-TV-adaptation, School of Rock, which was given a 13-episode straight-to-series order on Nickelodeon. Fox picked up the project with a huge $1 million penalty attached, which meant it would have had to pay Fox and Paramount the penalty if they did not air the pilot episode.